300 identified encroachments to be removed in Sgr: Admin
Srinagar, Feb 2: With an aim to clean Srinagar city from
encroachments, the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on
Sunday said that the administration has begun retrieval of encroached parts of
famed Khushalsar Lake, besides demolishing 25 encroachments and retrieving 30
kanals of lake area.
anti-encroachment drive will continue until over 300 identified encroachments
are removed in Srinagar,” Dr Choudhary said. “We want a massive public support
on this and people should come forward and report about the encroachments,
cases of land grab across the City,” he said, adding “We have completed all the
requisites formalities and has started removing encroachments and retrieving
encroached parts of Khushalsar Lake,” he said.
anti-encroachment drive begun on Saturday when the administration swung into
action removing 25 encroachments including structures and compounds and
retrieving over 30 kanals of lake area.
The DC has
urged the general public to report to concerned authorities all cases of
land-grabbing and illegal constructions on Government or common land and water
bodies in the district and help the district administration in its renewed
efforts to safeguard these public assets of great importance.
to officials, this significant step that has been long overdue follows
extensive preparations over the last few months during which relevant
formalities – including inspections and verifications and issuance of notices
to encroachers – were completed.
identified encroachments in Khushalsar lake area include around 80 illegally
built residential houses—where people live — aadami-wise details of which were
compiled last year by the Revenue department of the district. The other
220-odd encroachments are in the forms of fenced landholdings and plinths and
sheds. These also include under-construction structures.
encroachers who have built residential houses in the lake area have been served
several eviction notices during the last several months.
first eviction notice was served soon after the retrieval proceedings were
initiated following District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary’s
visited the area in May last year the last eviction notice was served last
month. The recent action against encroachments in the lake area also saw two of
these residential houses coming in the path of bulldozers and being demolished.
administration has appealed to the locals to self-demolish their residential
structures and self-evict there from. It has warned that obstructions in
retrieval proceedings and non-compliance with eviction orders will result in
strict criminal proceedings as per the law.
in the light of these illegal constructions having taken place without
requisite building permissions, the DM has ordered the Jammu and Kashmir Police
to investigate the matter and look into possible official involvement in illegal
construction of residential structures in the lake area.
famed Khushalsar Lake was once a vast and thriving water body with clear water
and thriving vegetation — and acted as a source of livelihood for many.
However, presently the lake is in highly deteriorated condition having been
encroached upon at many places with illegal construction and landfilling.
once stretched from Zoonimar up to the Aali Masjid but now it is considerably
reduced. It is connected to the Anchar lake via a small channel. Another
smaller lake, known as Gilsar, is connected to the Khushal Sar through a narrow
strait, which is spanned by a bridge known as Gil Kadal. The Gilsar lake is in
turn connected to the Nigeen lake via the Nallah Amir Khan. According to
conservationists, until the 1970s, the Mar Canal drained into this lake
providing navigability up to Ganderbal though the Anchar Lake. They say, after
the filling up of the Mar canal, the condition of the lake deteriorated